Rapid cancellations As Travelers to New York from Antigua told they must quarantine


Antiguan officials are scrambling to get the destination off a list of countries where New Yorkers face quarantine upon their return from vacation.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that international travelers coming from what are considered Level 2 and 3 countries will have to quarantine and fill out a travel form when they arrive in New York. Antigua is level three.

Cuomo signed the executive order Monday in response to the CDC’s decision to roll back screening measures at airports amid rising COVID-19 cases across the world.

Health officials say the measure is necessary for contact tracing purposes.

Cabinet spokesperson Information Minister Melford Nicholas, explained just how the CDC warning has affected the country, along with the work being done to have the issue resolved.

“The absence of Antigua from the exemption list did cause some alarm in the sector. I think some of the hoteliers have indicated rapid cancellations and consequently, the matter was escalated to the Minister of Tourism.

“We did discuss it at Cabinet [on Thursday and] already measures have been put in place. We even went as far as mobilising our Ambassador to Washington, Ron Sanders and we have made a determination at the level of Governor Cuomo in New York, [that] this is a state-level decision that was made in respect of those types of re-entry restrictions.

“It was determined that the governorship in New York was relying on the outlook from the CDC, which in itself seemed to have had some lagging information in respect of Antigua. So the engagement that is taking place now between all those agencies of the government – including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Tourism and our ambassador in Washington – are focused on getting the CDC to present the most current information,” Nicholas explained.

“Antigua would qualify, where we are right now, in respect of being within that bubble of consideration, in that our level of infection is below 10 per 100,000,” he added.

Minister Nicholas also gave some assurances to the hoteliers, following clarifications on the status of US nationals who would visit the island.

“The requirement for quarantining on re-entry into the United States through New York, that only applies to non-US citizens. We have been able to get that clarification, so for tourists who would be travelling back to the United States from Antigua – provided they’re US citizens – it would not affect them.

“To the extent that the alarm that was caused by the cancellations, I think the hoteliers can now be assured that it does not impair the business that we have been able to generate for them and with them,” Nicholas said.

The 31 countries not subject to the governor’s executive order and mandatory quarantine requirement are listed below:

American Samoa
Cayman Islands
Falkland Islands
Isle of Man
Macau SAR
Marshall Islands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Saint Barthelemy
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Sint Eustatius

State health officials say the quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

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  1. Hahaha WELL WELL … St KITTS & NEVIS no quarantine in NYC… and big ANTIGUA that opened their borders so long ago … because they needed the almighty US dollars, up to now can’t get back their tourism industry and up to now Antigua still in shambles … quarantine and imposing more fines and jail on its citizens

    Meanwhile St kitts, who we Antiguans like to call small island …. is doing great !!! And it appears like they may even safely have carnival celebrations…


    So let’s see … are we in such a great position??? NOPE!

    Antigua powerhouse government need to call little St Kitts for help

    • And people still have the Gaul to support the ignorant Government policies, which is only to find ways to take money out of the pockets of poor people. There is a rude awakening waiting for them .

  2. The way you people react to news of this sort really surprise. I wonder if these are residents because the amount of ugly you people seemingly have for this beloved island is something else.

  3. Rapid cancelations, would appear, are not from US tourists vacationing in Antigua.
    Gives the impression, cancelations are from non US citizens traveling to NYC.

  4. I believe the USA is deliberate in their dealings with Antigua and Barbuda. They don’t like the fact that we have an outspoken Prime Minister who is calling them out every change he gets on the UN forum. And they also hate our support for Venezuela, Cuba and China. They cannot come out straight so they will do things to cross us each time they can. But God don’t sleep and we will stand on our principles. We do not kiss ass. We little but we talawah

  5. If you read into what is being said it appears that Antigua is not forthcoming with COVID-19 related data. Y’all think these other countries stupid? Antigua is the island of ‘cover-up’ who wants everyone to believe that all is fine and dandy.

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